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Up and down Sharks, down again
Vancouver wins 6th-straight, Sharks drop 2nd in a row
12/16/2021 - By Mike Lee

The Vancouver Canucks felt their team was underperforming, so they fired head coach Travis green and replaced him with Bruce Beaudreau. The Canucks have responded with 6 consecutive wins, including a 5-2 victory over the Sharks at SAP Center on Thursday night. The Sharks dropped their third game on their current 7-game home stand, allowing the Canucks to draw with a point of San Jose in the Pacific Division standings.

The up and down Sharks lost for the second consecutive game, after dropping a 3-1 stinker to the expansion Seattle Kraken on Tuesday. San Jose continued to struggle offensively, and gave up too many goals to an opponent that was simply more efficient with the puck.

The Canucks grabbed a 2-goal lead midway through the period. The scouting report on Adin Hill must have called for shot from the left dot.

Brock Boeser staked the Canucks to the 1-0 lead 12:41 into the contest when he scored his 8th of the season. The Canucks right winger sat perched on the left dot, waiting for Tanner Pearson to feed him the puck. When Pearson finally obliged. Boeser ripped a shot past Hill and Brent Burns was late to cut off the shooting lane.

A suspect kneeing penalty to Logan Couture, gave the Canucks a power play at 15:01, and it would bite the Sharks. Bo Horvat ripped a JT Miller feed from the exact same spot that Boeser scored his goal from. Once again, Burns was late to make a difference as he loitered around the top of the crease.

Timo Meier halved the Canucks lead with his 12th goal of the season and 100th of his career with 2:38 left in the period. The Sharks forward uncorked a shot from the outside of the right circle, finding a seam between goaltender Thatcher Demko and the right post. The Sharks couldn't afford to fall behind by three goals, so it was imperative for them to score.

The Sharks controlled most of the 2nd period in terms of puck possession and shots on goal. It took the Canucks 13 minutes before they would register their 1st shot on goal in the period. The

Andrew Cogliano made it a 1-goal game again at the 8:29 mark of the 3rd period when he took a lead pass from Lane Pederson as he raced up the ice. The veteran forward snapped a shot on the fly from 25-feet out, beating Demko for his 3rd goal of the season.

San Jose had a golden opportunity to tie the game with 2:30 to play when Burns teamed up with Logan Couture on a play in the slot, but the puck was either stopped by Demko or a Canucks defender. Vancouver grabbed the puck, marched up ice and buried it. JT Miller lifted a shot that sailed over Hill's glove hand for the 4-2 lead.

Jason Dickinson capped the scoring with an empty net goal with a minute remaining.

Game Notes:

* Jayden Halbgewachs made his NHL debut for the Sharks, after being recalled from the Barracuda on Tuesday. Halbgewachs was signed as a free agent by the Sharks in December of 2017. Halbgewachs wore sweater #89. * Canucks winger Vasily Podklzin took a puck to the face early in the 2nd period. He would miss the rest of the period, but returned to start the 3rd period. Guillaume Brisebois was also injured in the middle period, but he did not return.

* Lane Pederson recorded his 1st points of the season, when he assisted on Andrew Cogliano's goal. The centerman has played in his 18th game this season.

* The Canucks game plan was clearly to shoot high on Hill. All four goals were of the top shelf variety.

* On a night when the Sharks needed to control the puck, they turned in a 43% efficiency performance in the faceoff circle. Their 20-of-47 win night didn't help them. They also failed to generate much time on the power play. They would finish the game 0-for-1 on the power play. Vancover finished 1-for-3 on the man advantage.


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1 2 3 T
VAN 2 1 2 5
SJ 1 0 1 2
1st period - 1, VAN, Boeser 8 (Pearson), 12:41. 2, VAN, Horvat 10 (Miller, Hughes), 16:23, (pp). 3, SJ, Meier 12 (Karlsson, Hertl), 17:22.
2nd period - 4, VAN, Boeser 9 (Miller, Pearson), 17:17.
3rd period - 5, SJ, Cogliano 3 (Pederson), 8:29. 6, VAN, Miller 10 (unassisted), 17:32. 7, VAN, Dickinson 2 (Pettersson, Burrough), 18:57, (en).
1st period - Couture, SJ (kneeing), 15:01.
2nd period - Halbgewachs, SJ (holding), 7:02. Myers, VAN (illegal check to head), 10:08.
3rd period - Burns, SJ (high sticking), 3:19.
Shots Saves
VAN - Demko 36 34
SJ - Hill 29 25
SJ - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
VAN 10 5 15 30
SJ 13 12 11 36
Power Play Conversion
VAN 1 of 3
SJ 0 of 1
3 Stars of the Game
Brock Boeser
Bo Horvat
JT Miller
SAP Center - 10,340
Referees: #41 Conor O'Donnell, #34 Brad Meier. Linesmen: #74 Trent Knorr.

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